One Word for 2012: EXPECTANT

(In a perfect world, this post would appear on my new blog, except it’s not quite ready.  Almost, but not quite.)

I have great thoughts in the shower.  (Doesn’t everyone?)  So the other night I got out of the shower, and like usual, I promptly forgot all the great thoughts I’d been thinking.  Which was not good because it was January 1 and I needed to nail down my One Word, fast!

I told my husband my problem.  We talked, and some of the words I’d been thinking of came back quickly–brave, strong, free, hope–but I couldn’t remember the promising oddball.  “It starts with an ‘e’ ” I say.  “Maybe e-n? No, it’s e-x–”

“Exhausted!” he says.

It’s not that.

2011 was a hard year; I think in hindsight it’s going to be a year of transition.  It was a good year: I dealt with some big things that have been weighing me down.  We knocked off some old goals and resurrected some forgotten dreams.  I feel like I cleared the runway in 2011, and now, I’m ready to take off.  I’m ready to see what lies ahead.

I am expectant.

It scares me to think it, to say it, to write it because the last time I felt a strong sense of anticipation things unfolded quite differently from the way I’d hoped.  (You can read about that here.)

I am looking into the New Year with hope and determination.  I am making plans and dreaming big and getting myself in gear.

I am ready to see what 2012 holds, and I am setting off to meet it.


Have you chosen a word (or words) for 2012?  I’d love to hear it–please share it with us in comments.

(If you’re looking for inspiration, check out One Word 365.)

photo credit: Jimmy MacDonald

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  1. I can think of three words that would sum up where we are now and what we’re working on for 2012:

    1) PURPOSEFUL – this is something that we’ve really been convicted about and is something that we’re actively working on as a couple. We’re in the process of defining what our purpose is (blog posts are coming on this topic) and creating a “Statment of Purpose” for us a couple. Something that everything we do is sent through – as in, does X (whatever goal we’re talking about) further us towards or fit into our life purpose. We just heard an excellent talk on this by Ravi Zacharias that was encouraging and motivating. As I said, posts to come. 🙂

    2) FOCUSED. I think we’ve finally managed to pin our focus on several long-term goals and now we’re going with some “gazelle intensity” (to coin a Dave Ramsey phrase) towards turning those dreams into realistic goals. We’re FOCUSED on doing what it takes to reach our goals and we’re making the changes necessary to do it.

    3) We continue to work on being INTENTIONAL: at work, in our relationship-building with everyone we meet, and we’re refocusing (to go back to #2) on our main purpose of being INTENTIONAL as witnesses for Christ. Yes, we have to live it daily, but there are also times when we need to open our mouths as well (something that is faily easy for me on the blog, but much harder in person).

    I LOVE your word – it gives such a sense of hope and expectations of great things to come. I can’t wait to see what 2012 will hold for you and I’m excited I found your blog in time to see it! 🙂 Blessings!!

  2. Maria says:

    I get my best thoughts in the shower too! Someone needs to invent a waterproof notepad so that we can jot them down.

    I never thought about giving the year ahead a word. I like you’re word as it implies things to come. But at the same time I feels it puts a lot of pressure on it. It’s almost like you’re sitting back and waiting for things to happen; to come to you. Sorry! That’s just a personal opinion. But I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having high expectations for yourself. If you can meet them, it’s the only way to get things done!

    Maria xx

    • Anne says:

      Maria, I totally get what you mean. I deleted from a draft that “it’s not a passive waiting” from that reason. And yeah, it does put pressure on it–or on me, I suppose. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing, but it definitely *is* the thing for me right now.

      I want that waterproof notepad.

  3. Amanda says:

    I love your word! There’s a verse that says “I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” I’ve always loved it. My word for 2012 is “pluck” (noun, not verb ha!)

  4. HopefulLeigh says:

    My word last year was expectancy. We’re twins! 🙂 My One Word for this year is hope. At first glance, they seem similar but God showed me that I have a lot to learn about this. Posting about it next week.

  5. I just wrote about this earlier this week. My word of the year is “PRESENT”. Both in being present {in the moment}, and about being more generous. God’s been really dealing with me on both topics and I’m looking forward to seeing how I grow in it this year!

  6. Sarah says:

    When I saw your word, I thought maybe baby #5 was on the way – ha! But then I remembered your goal to achieve 1 pull-up and how pregnancy has always hindered you from getting there. (I’ve said for a long time that I’d like to do 1 pull-up too but I don’t have pregnancies to blame – just haven’t worked hard enough to get there.)

    My word this year is PERSEVERE. I hope that it will help me strive towards the many things I want to accomplish this year – revving up my new tastefully simple business, reading th bible in a year (I actually started this October 1, 2011 and so far, so good!), lose weight (That’s original, huh?), “refueling” my savings, spending more quality time with Libby, “growing” my blog…lots to do!!! Must persevere…

  7. 'Becca says:

    My word for the year is REPLENISHMENT. I realized way back last February, on vestry retreat, that this is what I want for my church: Our last priest became very burned out a few years ago and seemed to blame everyone else; some people left because of this, while others left because of a general sense of negativity and others just because of job transfers etc., and few new people stuck around, so now we have about half as many people as 10 years ago. Last February I hoped to replenish our pastor and our parish together, but by late May I had accepted that this was not going to work; she would be replenished only by getting out of this position. She left on New Year’s Eve, and we are now moving ahead with an interim pastor, and I am very hopeful about what will happen this year!

    I’ve realized, though, that my own life and my family need replenishment, too. Right after our son turned 2, we had a series of very difficult experiences and got into a sort of permanent crisis mode. My new year’s resolution in 2010 was to get control over my chronic headaches, and I have made great progress on that, yet I still have the feeling that my daily life is like juggling while riding a unicycle on a tightrope without a net. I don’t think it is logically justified, but there it is, so my goal is to get out from under that feeling of swirling chaos and instead focus on replenishment.

  8. Angela says:

    My word for this year is steadfast.

    Last year was rough and I wanted to quit so many times, but my goal is twofold this year: to steadfastly hope in God, no matter what and to learn more about His steadfast love!

  9. deborah says:

    I always lay in bed with blog posts running through my head and then they disappear in the morning! Sometimes, I think, “I should get up and go type this out”, but I’m too cozy and comfortable. 🙂

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